nichepoetryandprose

poetry and prose about place

thank you!

leave a comment »

A huge thank you to purchasers of my books. From June 1 -5 I ran a free book promotion on Amazon for the Kindle edition of South from Sintha. I gave away 41 free ebooks and sold a few Kindle editions of the first book Crossing The Churn. Also, thanks to anyone who bought ebooks or paperbacks! I am so pleased to know my stories and words and characters are getting out there!

~

my concept of the Meniscus planet’s solar system

~

I have found my audience for the Meniscus series is unique … people who love science fiction are most interested. For this reason, I have decided to run a new blog, dedicated to my interests in science fiction and fantasy. I will also put updates about my Meniscus books there.

~

Anyone who likes science fiction and would like to follow my new blog, have a look at www.offplanet.blog. I would be happy to see you there! I will still publish the highlights about my Meniscus books here and, of course, continue to post about my interests in prose and poetry, and in natural and community history.

~

This week I am working on edits for the next two Meniscus books: Winter at the Water-climb and The Village at Themble Hill. Here are a few drawings for these new books! The books will follow the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain, but new characters arrive, as the result of a transport crash.

~

~

~

~

Copyright Jane (a.k.a. Alexandra) Tims 2017

robin in the rafters and in rain

leave a comment »

 

If you are a bird, this is the time of year for nest building! An American robin has built a nest in the support beams of our deck. Years ago we had fun watching a robin build a nest and raise a brood in the rafters of our cabin.

~

This year’s nest builder thinks the deck is his alone. Going in and out by way of the deck gets us a scolding. The robin puffs out its chest and tries to lure the marauders away. I am afraid to go near to get a photo since I might disturb eggs or chicks, so a photo of a robin’s nest in winter will have to do!

~

~

Sudden Storm

~

dusk

half darkness

the moon rises

a sliver from full

~

spaces yawn

liquid robin song

~

aspen, motionless

poplar tremble

a nuthatch rustles in the leaves

~

wind chime plays a scale

~

cloud stretched across the moon

a hand pressed to the treetops

leaves turn to the silver underside

~

warm splashes

polka-dot the patio

puny dust storms on the step

~

streamers stripe the glass

~

curtains of rain

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017  

Written by jane tims

June 5, 2017 at 7:00 am

A moment of beautiful: Lily-of-valley

with one comment

This afternoon, as we arrived home from a day at our cabin, I caught sight of a Lily-of-the-valley flower leaning against this rotting log. So lovely and such a sweet smell!

~


~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

June 2, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Free Book

leave a comment »

Meniscus: South from Sintha is FREE on Amazon (worldwide) for the next five days (June 1 to June 5). Odymn wants the Slain to return his ‘acquisitions’ (a wolf-like Kotildi, a Grell-swallow chick, a beautiful human woman, a Dock-winder child and another genetically-enhanced Slain) to their homes. The Slain wants to try, to make Odymn happy, but the task might not be so easy!

 

South from Sintha

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1544103018

 

~

Copyright Jane Tims (aka Alexandra) 2017

Written by jane tims

June 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

song of the Hermit thrush

with 3 comments

Every morning I listen at my window for the morning bird chorus. This morning, my first Hermit thrush of the year! It is my favorite of the bird songs, melodic and heavenly, phrases repeated in different keys.  A year ago, I heard the song and wrote the following poem. For the process I followed in writing this poem, see this.

Hermit thrush

~

Catharus guttatus

~

neither visceral nor guttural, ethereal

tip-toe in tree tops

air pulled into taffy thread

a flute in the forest

froth on a wave

~

rain trembles on leaf tips

guttation drops on strawberry

a lifted curtain of mayflower

~

I saw you there

hidden in the thicket 

and I followed

~

climb the ladder and sing

then step to the rung below

heads up, thoughts of the new day

parting of the beak

pulse at the throat

hairs lift

at the nape

of the neck, fingers

warble the keys

between middle and ring

catharsis

~

~

Published at http://www.janetims.com July 1, 2016

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

May 31, 2017 at 7:10 am

woodpeckers in the grey woods

with 3 comments

If you are new to my site, you might not know that we call the woods behind our house ‘the grey woods’. The woods are mainly balsam fir and black spruce, with grey birch and red maple. Here is a map of our property (about 19 acres).

~

 

~

Woodpeckers are a common bird in the grey woods. We have Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus), Hairy Woodpeckers (Leuconotopicus villosus), and Downy Woodpeckers (Picoides pubescens). The woodpeckers love the older trees in the woods. They also peck at our wood-shingled house!

~

~

Here is a Hairy Woodpecker hard at work in a balsam fir. He is hard to tell from the Downy Woodpecker (especially when you can’t see his beak) but the Hairy woodpecker is larger (about the size of a Robin) and sometimes his red cap is divided into two parts (seen clearly in this photo).

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

May 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

Fredericton’s Literary Festival — Word Feast

leave a comment »

This Thursday evening is the launch of Fredericton’s Word Feast, a literary festival to be held in Fredericton during the Week of September 18 – 24, 2017. Word Feast is expected to be an annual festival, featuring a lecture, workshops, seminars, readings, and other events.

~

To launch this event, there will be an announcement party this Thursday June 1, 2017 at 7 PM in the Chickadee Hall of the Fredericton Public Library. Each of the main categories of literary events will be announced and there will be readings by some well-known Fredericton writers. Our readers will include Sue Sinclair, Kathy Goggin, Mark Jarman, and Paul McAllister. I will be reading from my poetry about wild edible plants. Everyone is welcome and the launch party is free!

~

This will be an enjoyable evening and a chance to hear about the great line-up planned for Word Feast.

~

~

Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

May 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

%d bloggers like this: